Want to take Dickens on an adventure with you? The Charles Dickens Museum wants you to do just that!
Print out the photo of Dickens at this page, get a picture of him accompanying you to a place of interest, and your picture might end up in a display at the Museum at the end of June. At the Museum's Facebook page, they've already got pictures of Dickens in a recording studio, at an amusement park, in his own dining room at 48 Doughty Street, and more. And author/blogger D. L. Marriott is blogging about her trip across America with him.
If you decide to take Dickens traveling with you, have fun! I hope to see your pictures online!
"The Oxford English Dictionary, as a historical dictionary, aims to give the earliest example of a word in English, and then show its subsequent development through illustrative quotations and uses many quotations from Dickens in doing so. In fact to date there are 9,218 Dickens quotations in the OED, making him the 13th most quoted source (just marginally ahead of William Caxton). Take our interactive quiz to see if you can tell which words have their first quotation from a work by Charles Dickens, and which make you cry What the dickens?"
I got 7 out of 9 right, but mostly through sheer guesswork!
Can you tell Charles Dickens's writing from that of Edward Bulwer-Lytton? Take the quiz and find out! I scored 92 percent, which means I got one answer wrong. I won't tell you (yet) which one, but I will say that I hesitated over it for a very long time, and of course am now kicking myself over it.
Mikhail Simkin of UCLA, who came up with the quiz, has published a paper about the results. And he discusses them at the previously linked quiz page. While I find his experiment very interesting, I disagree with some of his premises, as well as his conclusion.